The resources found on this page were created and are designed to assist faculty members in publishing their research.
Biomedical and Scientific Writing: A Course for Junior Faculty
Excellent publications are key for junior faculty, providing the foundation for competitive funding proposals and enhancing promotion opportunities. However, writing is hard and many of us struggle with our scholarship. This course is designed to significantly increase your skills in writing a research paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, and to strengthen your skills in giving constructive critique to their peers. The course consists of 8 weekly classes that meet for 2 hours (12-2 PM) mid-January through mid-March. The classes comprise didactic elements, small group work, and class critique. During the course, each participant will write the first draft of a research paper destined for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
Dates: Class will meet on Tuesdays. Part I: Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 4. Part II: Feb 27, March 6, March 13, March 20.
Location: Room 801, Edward D Miller Research Building, Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Medial Campus
Please find the full course description here. The cost of this course is covered by faculty tuition remission.
Getting that Paper out the Door: Pearls and Pitfalls for Publishing
Co-sponsored by Office of Faculty Development and the Professional Development and Career Office
Check out the PowerPoint slides from our last session here.
Do you struggle with getting those papers done? Have you been scooped by other investigators because you were late getting your paper published? Do you stare at the computer screen not knowing how to complete that manuscript? It’s time to address those issues and learn how to get those papers out the door! Panelists who specialize in clinical, basic science, translational research, and outcomes research will offer ways to overcome your writing hurdles. Before the session, participants who have RSVP’d will be asked to identify their most significant barrier to writing productivity. The panelists will structure their presentations and activities around the most significant writing barriers that the attendees themselves have identified. Participants will leave the session having identified several strategies for increasing writing productivity….on their way to academic success. Come, learn, write!
Writing for Publication
This course focuses on the “anatomy and physiology” of a research paper: the content and purpose of the Abstract, Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results and Discussion. The session includes: presenting data, including graphs, tables and figures; understanding the peer review process; and principles of effective scientific writing. While the focus of this workshop is on writing a research paper, other types of publications are briefly discussed, including case reports and review articles.
Resources and Services
Beware! Scholarly Open Access: Potential, possible, or probable predatory journals
Please use this checklist from "Think Check Submit" to make informed decisions regarding questionable, open access standalone journals. Welch Library has a guide for more information on deciding where to publish, here.
Editing Referral Service (ERS) Johns Hopkins
The Editing Referral Service is a directory of qualified editors who can provide editorial assistance on a fee-for-service basis to Hopkins researchers. This directory is for faculty, staff and students affiliated with Johns Hopkins University or the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The cost of editing provided by the editors listed in the directory is to be negotiated directly between the editor and the Hopkins researcher.
- This referral service is designed to assist members of the Johns Hopkins biomedical community in finding a qualified freelance scientific editor who can provide editorial assistance with their academic writing projects. The editors listed here have considerable experience in the academic medical community and have undergone a screening process to evaluate their editing expertise and their ability to provide timely and reliable service.
- All of these editors offer substantive editing: After critically reading a document, they can make constructive suggestions to improve its logical organization and clarity. Taking into account the document's intended audience, they also suggest revisions to increase the readability of the text and to ensure that the grammar and word choice conform to standard written English. Their goal is to help their clients produce documents that are well-organized, accurate, clear, and concise.
- These freelance professionals offer their editorial assistance on a fee-for-service basis, and all arrangements for obtaining their services are to be made directly between the Hopkins author and the chosen editor. Authors are to negotiate directly with their editors regarding the scheduling and scope of the proposed work and the terms and payment for the editing services provided. Payment by the author is to be made directly to the editor. The editors receive no financial compensation from Johns Hopkins for the editing provided through this referral service.
For additional information about particular editors listed below (including their areas of expertise and types of documents they will edit), please click on the individual's "Editor Profile."
|Editor||Education||Preferred Subject Area||Personal Web Page||For More Info|
|Michelle Jones, Ph.D., ELS|
|Ph.D., Cellular and Molecular Medicine|
|Basic & clinical sciences||Yes||Editor Profile|
More Details: OnProcess
|Basic sciences &|
Manuscripts from non-native English speakers
|Jennie Sherwin, M.A.|
|Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, in several medical and public health specialties||Yes|
|Linguistics (English, Korean, Latin,|
|Roger Sherwin, M.B., B. Chir., M.A.|
M.B., B. Chir (Univ. of Cambridge, British equivalent of M.D.)
|Preventive cardiology, cardiovascular epidemiology; design, conduct, and analysis of randomized controlled trials||No||Editor Profile|
Rebekah L. Zinn, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Cellular & Molecular Medicine
|Basic, Translational, & Clinical sciences||No||Editor Profile|
MedEdPORTAL Publications is a free publication service provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges promoting educational scholarship and collaboration by facilitating the open exchange of peer-reviewed health education teaching and assessment resources.
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WAGs (Writing Accountability Groups)
Join a WAG (Writing Accountability Groups)
A WAG is an active writing group that meets once a week over a 10-week block and follows a strict agenda of 15 minutes of updates and goal-setting followed by 30 minutes of individual writing, and then 15 minutes of reporting and wrap-up (there is no peer review of your writing – the WAG is focused on developing a process and habit of writing). A WAG is limited to 4–8 members and you MUST commit to attending at least 7 of the 10 weekly sessions. I guarantee that if you adhere to the plan, you will achieve increased writing productivity (quantity and quality), have greater control over the writing process, experience improved goal-setting and time management, and as a bonus, you'll establish relationships with new colleagues and friends.
Please read the FAQs to learn more and how you can start a WAG in your department/division!
Welch Medical Library's Informationist Program
The Informationist Program at the Welch Medical Library serves the faculty, fellows, students, and staff of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions by sharing information about library collections and services and partnering with individuals and departments to support their research, clinical and teaching needs.
What types of services can my informationist provide?
- Consult on literature searching (research, clinical practice, or evidence-based medicine)
- Get help with:
- Systematic review searching
- Data searching (statistics)
- Background literature searches for grant proposals, papers, or reviews
- NIH Public Access Policy
Information and Citation Management
- Learn to more easily format references for papers and grants using RefWorks or EndNote.
- Learn which product best meets your needs
Databases and Journals
- Request topic-specific journals, books, and other resources
- Hone your skills in searching for the literature using databases such as PubMed, Embase, SCOPUS,Web of Science, and PsycINFO
- Receive updates on your favorite electronic resources
- Learn searching tips and tricks
Information Access, how to:
- Access full text articles from home (remote access) or office
- Search the multi-library catalog
- Request documents through interlibrary loan (Weldoc)
Grant and Presentation Support
- Create effective poster presentations
- Search for funding opportunities
- Provide background searching for grant applications
How can my informationist provide these services?
- Departmental faculty and staff meetings
- One-on-one or small group in person meetings with faculty, staff and students
- In collaboration with teaching faculty on information skills training
- Journal clubs
- Lecture series
- Library orientations
- Through creating a customized Welch Information Portal and/or Space to meet the needs of your institution